There has been a changing of the guard in Washington as the Redskins brought in a brand new coaching staff led by former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. Riverboat Ron, or Chico as he is better known in Chicago, tends to have a very simple game plan that revolves around running the ball.
There aren’t many knowns on this offense, with unproven players like QB Dwayne Haskins, or the injury prone RB Derrius Guice. The only player who you would feel confident throwing out there at this point is WR Terry McLaurin, and even he doesn’t have a long resume showing consistency yet.
To add to the question marks for the Redskins is the departure of OT Trent Williams who, after a contract dispute, demanded a trade and was eventually granted one to the 49ers. This trade leaves a large hole on the offensive line that will need to be addressed, especially if Rivera wants to run the ball like he did in Carolina.
With so many question marks and a coach looking to rebuild this team and their culture, let’s take a look now at this 3-Round Washington Redskins Mock Draft and see if we can’t help them out. Fun Fact, there are no wrong answers in this mock draft.
If by some miracle Lawrence falls to the 2nd spot, I think the Redskins would seriously consider taking him, regardless of how Haskins performs, but that did not happen. Instead, Washington takes the best Offensive Lineman in the draft to rebuild that line. This move fills a need and shores up that unit to help out their young quarterback and establish the run.
This 6’6”, 330 lbs OT is a monster! The unanimous 1st team All-American is one of the “sure thing” prospects in this year’s draft. The Outland Trophy winner was also the highest graded offensive lineman in Pro Football Focus history. The most impressive stat though is that he has only allowed 1 sack in 1,376 snaps during his time in Oregon.
So entering the 2021 season, the Redskins will have 3 tackles under contract in Moses, Lucas and Christian. I do think Moses is your starting right tackle, and Sewell would slot in as your starting left tackle. This is an easy decision for Washington to make.
I was really hoping that a CB might slide to the Redskins at this spot, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. This might be a situation where Washington trades up, potentially using their extra 3rd round pick to do so, however Pitts landed to them and they end up selecting the TE for Florida.
During the 2019 season, Pitts was the primary focus on the Gators passing game. He started 12 of the 13 games for Florida while recording 54 catches for 649 yards and 5 touchdowns. These stats were the second most by a Florida tight end since 1996. These stats earned him 1st team All-ACC.
Boy oh boy, does this tight end room lack a presence, with their primary TE being Logan Thomas, the former college QB. Pitts would most likely come into training camp as the backup with an opportunity to beat out Thomas or whomever wins the starting job. Then I’d expect him to play lights out in the preseason to become the starting TE to enter the 2021 season.
Finally, a cornerback lands in Washington. This is one of the greater needs for the Redskins, and they grab the best one available with the 1st of their 2 3rd round picks. They could have potentially gone RB with this pick, but I felt they needed to address this position as soon as possible and Graham Jr. lands to them at pick 66.
The 5’11” senior CB enters the season as the active leader in all of college football in passes defended and pass breakups. This All-Pac 12 player started all 14 games for the Ducks which extends his to 39 games started in a row. He’s durable, he’s a ball hawk, and he’s a no brainer at this spot for the Redskins.
Remember when I said that the Redskins need help at corner? Yeah, it’s not a pretty sight. Besides Kendall Fuller, Washington will enter the 2021 season with no other cornerbacks under contract. With Fuller on 1 side, you put Graham Jr. on the other and you have yourself a fantastic pair.
Something tells me that as the year goes on, Kylin Hill wont be available at pick 95, towards the end of round 3. Regardless, today on May 20th, he is available so the Redskins grab the young RB as insurance to Guice.
Hill has great size at 5’11” 215 lbs and is a 3 down back. This 1st team All-SEC started all 11 games he played in and accounted for 734 yards rushing with 4 touchdowns. Fun fact, he has not fumbled since he was a sophomore in high school!
I expect Peterson will be gone, which leaves a RB room of a bunch of “guys”. No one really stands out from this group of Guice, Love, Barber or McKissic. Unless Guice stays healthy and tears it up, this team will be looking for their head back. I do think they’ll want to add some insurance for Guice’s injury history and I don’t think the guys they have provide that.